Napoleon was born on the island of Corsica, his family was of lesser nobility but they were relatively poor. After he attended French school, he joined the French artillery.
Abbe Sieyes creates a new Constitution
Wanted a new executive body independent of the whims of the electoral politics. A government based on the principle of "confidence from below, power from above". This would require another coup d'etat.
September 4, 1797
To preserve the republic and prevent a peaceful restoration of the Bourbons, the Directory staged a coup d'etat.
The Treaty of Campo Formio
Took Austria out of the war and crowned Napoleon with success.
Consulate was Established
The 3 Consulates were established and Napoleon was put as the first consulate making him essentially the ruler of France.
Constitution of the Year VIII
Napoleon quickly pushes Sieyes aside and creates the Constitution of the Year VIII.
The Peace of Amiens
This was merely a temporary truce between Great Britain and France.